It's Electric! Electric Cars Go on Sale This Year

Basic consumer Q&A about electric cars coming in 2010 and shortly thereafter.

Published: 07-Jan-2010

WASHINGTON -- Electric cars have long been more of an idea than a reality. They've been hailed as the future of driving yet they're hard to find on car dealership lots. This year, that will change.

Several big automakers plan to start introducing a range of electric vehicles in late 2010, giving the broader public its first chance to buy the vehicles that rely more on the electrical outlet than the gas pump. In the next several years, most major car companies plan to release vehicles that use electricity to get around.

But buying an electric vehicle isn't like purchasing a gas-powered car.


TREV two-place electric car

Student-built vehicle can do 0-60 in 10 seconds with top speed of 75 mph. Photo courtesy of University of South Australia.

Johnson Controls RE3 electric concept car interior.

RE3 electric concept car is designed to demonstrate use of different materials and flexible, novel ways of using space.

Magna International chief vehicle engineer Dick DeVogelaere with Project M electric car. Photo credit: EV World.Com.

Ford plans to make only 10,000 of the electric vehicles a year at first - very few by Detroit standards - to test the market cautiously. GM and Toyota are following a similar cautious approach.


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